Hello friends. I’m very pleased to announce the wheels are turning on record number 4. It will be called Dreamweaver and will be filled with honest, soft and melodic offerings. The material will be written by yours truly with the assistance of my new friend Boo Hewerdine. An old friend, Mattie Foulds will produce and engineer at Castlesound studios. All of these factors, combined, lead me to believe this album will be a personal favourite for me, and hopefully you too.

Obviously these are strange, groundless times for all of us. At this exact moment I have a kickstarter campaign active. Whilst I have been fortunate enough to finance my recording up until this point, I was dependent on tours which no longer exist to pay the studio and musicians involved in Dreamweaver. This kickstarter campaign is how we can make this album in this current reality. I have various things I can offer as part of the campaign that include;

Livestream performance***Previously unreleased material***Previews of Dreamweaver***House Concerts***One on One songwriting sessions***Handwritten Lyrics***

If any of these interest you, please consider checking out the kickstarter page and contributing to the journey of this gentle boat on the rocky sea.

Thank you thank you xx

Hello my friends…

Tomorrow night I’ll be performing a livestream concert! With some reflection it occurred to me that I’ve now been on this journey as a songwriter for quite some time (relatively speaking)!

10 years ago I made the decision to leave my job on a building site and pursue a career in music. It was a decision that I would later reflect on as the most significant turning point in my adult life…up until the birth of my daughter (Wee Rosa).

It’s been a journey that has required patience, practice, decisive action, failure and ABOVE ALL…persistence..Now is a time that is of little exception. 

Many of us are afraid to make the decisions that will move us closer to our dreams. I think part of our reason for this is that we get to hold on to our perfectionist fantasies. When we actually take a step TOWARDS our vision…we take a step AWAY from our fantasy and enter what I call the DEFICIT.

The DEFICIT is, to me, the distance between where we are and where we want to be. In honesty, I have spent most of my 10 years so far in that distance. It can be at times a frustrating place to be. Each performance, each new song, each record I attempt to close the distance. Each time I feel the subtle pain of it.

However, it is the only alternative to living in the fantasy. And sweet as the fantasy seems, it provides no lesson, no salvation, no inspiration, no benefit to anyone. Possibility must be exemplified. Otherwise it belongs only to the mind that thinks it. And who are you to deny the world your example?

The DEFICIT…has produced every work that I turn to to fuel my inspiration and guidance..My favourite works are someone else’s DEFICIT. And so I praise and thank all of you who choose to live in that distance. There is no ultimate destination or goal in mind…No glory…No perfection! Simply the hope that in choosing to live in the distance we can create some peace or comfort or example. 

YOU may never close that gap for yourself unfortunately…But never underestimate the impact you can have on others by simply not giving up. 

Come and join me tomorrow, here.

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/livestream-from-castlesound-studios/

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday, whatever you’re up to.

Adam x

***LIVESTREAM TICKETS HERE***

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Hello my friends….

I will be performing a selection of songs from my 10 years as a singer-songwriter this Feb 22nd from The Slate Room in Pencaitland…Come and Join!

I am so in love with songwriting right now. It’s such a precious and meaningful part of my existence and I’ve genuinely never been more grateful for its presence in my life. 

So many people have come and gone…times and circumstances…houses I’ve lived in….bands I’ve played in….Significant and ordinary days washing over me…Births and Deaths….Good times and bad times… but always I have the space of work to turn to and to fill me with purpose and meaning. To reconnect me to my heart when I forget. 

For you, mother of muses, I am so grateful. 

See you soon…Adam xx

***TICKETS***https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/livestream-from-castlesound-studios/

Hello my friends!

Are you missing the excitement of being part of a shared event? 

Come and join me for a solo acoustic concert on Feb 22nd, 2021 @ 8pm from Castlesound Recording Studios in Pencaitland. 

I’ll be performing a variety of songs from my 3 S.A.Y. award nominated albums plus new songs from my latest, unreleased record Dreamweaver. 

I am missing lots of things. I miss taking my daughter round to my mothers house. I miss driving up the A9 beneath the pale grey sky and the mountains to soundcheck in a slowly filling village hall. I miss walking into the Royal Oak and squeezing between familiar bodies towards the bar to order a drink and peer over someones head at Ewan Forfar singing. Standing in the lane next to the bar and smelling Mother India through the thick, warm air vents. 

I miss jumping on a train to Glasgow and spending the day with my sister in the Southside. I miss walking through the cool, crisp meadows on a Sunday evening to the Cask and Barrel. I miss sitting in the Mosque Kitchen eating curry and watching the strange blend of Edinburgh folk walk through St Patricks Square. I miss descending Candlemaker Row to view the castle lit up red, stopping in at Under the Stairs for a whisky soda with my niece. 

I miss pushing my legs between the seats in-front in a half empty screen one at the Cameo in the middle of the afternoon. I miss sitting on the floor in Armstrongs scraping hangers thick with denim along the rails.  I miss rainy afternoon trips to the museum and city restaurant with wee Rosa. I miss the Holiday Inn Bar at Celtic Connections….Filled with the warm glow of familiar faces and fiddles. 

What is a city without these things but a collection of structures?! A ghostly shadow of itself!

I’ve been thinking a lot about looking forward to things…Positive expectation is a key component of good mental health..I think for a lot of us right now it’s a very empty part of us…Another ghostly shadow. The truth is, however, everything that is there to miss is there to look forward to ! In this sense, we can almost begin to enjoy the wanting. To settle into the longing and be present to this part of the process. 

Because, my friends, no mud……no flowers. No sweet connection can exist without the pain of longing. 

I bid you all well, wherever you are, in your longing. And vow until we are through this part of the process to do my best to contribute in my own small way. To create art and fill in the ghostly shadows in the best way I now how. To create events that hopefully you can look forward to with positive expectation. 

And now my watch begins…

It would be my honour to sing for you! 

Adam x

***TICKETS***https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/livestream-from-castlesound-studios/

hello friends!

Tomorrow night I’ll be sharing, for the first time, ALL of the songs from my unreleased 4th album Dreamweaver in an hour long film. Being a songwriter and a singer is my privilege. 

if you’ve been considering getting a ticket for tomorrow evening and haven’t yet make sure you don’t miss out! tickets will be available till 7pm tomorrow here…..

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/dreamweaver/#get

I am living my previous dream. This album is the best work I’ve done so far and I am honoured to be getting the opportunity to share it with you in-spite of the strange times we find ourselves in. 

See you there tomorrow!

Adam x

***TICKETS HERE****

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Hello my friends,

***The film screening of Dreamweaver ( all songs and stories behind) will air on the 28th of January @ 8pm and will be available for re-watch a week after the event for those of you otherwise disposed***

If you’ve been considering joining us for the film screening this Thursday please don’t wait too long and miss out!

My 4th Album ***DREAMWEAVER*** 

Written in lockdown 1.0 with my dear friend Boo Hewerdine is the most personal and honest of my work to date. 

With the external world’s disappearance, I found myself called to my past for inspiration. Dreamweaver is a softly spoken collections of musings on childhood. A meditation on parenthood viewed from both perspectives. 

It’s my absolute honour to be a songwriter. It’s an absolute honour for my music to be received so warmly by so many. Its an honour to tap into my humanity in order to help others tap into theirs. 

I appreciate all of you that value the art I create highly enough to support me bringing it to you. This is something I never take for granted. This album wouldn’t have been possible without the support of each and every one of you and I am heartened by its journey.

See you there,

Adam x

Hello my friends!

Would you like something to look forward to this dark and cruel January? 

Would you like to be one of the 100 that will be witness to the birth of my 4th solo record, Dreamweaver, ahead of it’s release in May this year? 

With news of the latest lockdown, I shut myself away with some beautiful microphones and cameras and I’ve created an hour long film which contains solo acoustic performances of all of the songs from my new and unreleased solo record Dreamweaver, plus the stories behind each of the 11 songs on the album. 

The film will air on the 28th of January @ 8pm and will be available for re-watch a week after the event for those of you otherwise disposed. 

Dreamweaver was co-written with the legendary Boo Hewerdine and contains what I believe to be some of the best work I’ve done in my 10 years as a singer-songwriter. Very excited to share it with you. 

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Mind yourselves, 

Adam x

***TICKETS HERE****

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/dreamweaver/#get

“Written in lockdown 1.0 with my dear friend Boo Hewerdine is the most personal and honest of my work to date. 

With the external world’s disappearance, I found myself called to my past for inspiration. Dreamweaver is a softly spoken collections of musings on childhood. A meditation on parenthood viewed from both perspectives. 

It’s my absolute honour to be a songwriter. It’s an absolute honour for my music to be received so warmly by so many. Its an honour to tap into my humanity in order to help others tap into theirs. 

I appreciate all of you that value the art I create highly enough to support me bringing it to you. This is something I never take for granted. This album wouldn’t have been possible without the support of each and every one of you and I am heartened by its journey.

***The film screening of Dreamweaver ( all songs and stories behind) will air on the 28th of January @ 8pm and will be available for re-watch a week after the event for those of you otherwise disposed***

(SIGN UP HERE) https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/songs-i-wish-i-had-written/
 

Hello friends, 

I hope you’re all keeping well.

I find myself feeling disappointed and sad for all my friends in the arts, hospitality and retail after the news this week. Countless musicians I know are finding work elsewhere. All of us are facing disappointment and uncertainty around our work and social lives. It is, for many, a strange and confusing time. 

Perhaps there is some light at the end of the tunnel, but some days you need to accept the fact you are in a tunnel. 

Nevertheless…I have crafted a film for your enjoyment. It’s not  the same as watching me in a quiet hall with a warm tennents in a plastic cup, but it’s hopefully something to remind you of what lies the other side. 

SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN is a film screening that will contain me performing the works of;

BOB DYLAN 
GILLIAN WELCH
BILL WITHERS
TOM WAITS 
TOM PETTY…….and others. 

SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN will air this Tuesday 23rd December at 8pm BST.

***The film will be available to replay for a week after the event***

It has been a real pleasure putting this together for you and I’m very much looking forward to sharing it with you this Tuesday. 

(BUY TICKETS)  https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/songs-i-wish-i-had-written/

Appreciate your support in this noiseless and hollow year,

Adam x

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Hello friends, 

Are you a fan of classic roots songwriting? 

SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN is an exclusive, one off film screening that will contain me perorming the works of;

BOB DYLAN 

GILLIAN WELCH
BILL WITHERS

TOM WAITS 

TOM PETTY…….and others

SONGS I WISH I’D WRITTEN will air on 23rd December at 8pm BST.

***The film will be available to replay for a week after the event***

TIckets are £9.

This is some of the best work I’ve done and I can’t wait to share it with you. If you are interested, pleaseplease get your tickets now because there is a limited amount and they will for sure run out. 

(BUY TICKETS)  https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/songs-i-wish-i-had-written/

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Adam x

Hello friends,

How are you keeping?

I’ll be performing a solo acoustic livestream on the 15th of December in this good year of 2020. I’m taking requests via Facebook messenger. If there is anything you’d like to hear please do drop me a message and I’ll do my best to get it into the setlist.

Many thanks for your continued support and presence in this strange time. I’m so looking forward to seeing you all out there in the real world. Whilst I understand, to some degree, mistrust in large medical drug corporations I will happily take a vaccine needle to the eye for a chance at singing in a room where people can stand arm in arm and drink beer and listen to music once again.

Not too long now friends, keep the chin up.

Love, Adam x

P.s. Tickets are somewhat limited so don’t hang about!

https://www.citizenticket.co.uk/events/adam-holmes/adam-holmes-live/

4 DAYS LEFT TO BUY TICKETS…..

…..10 years ago, I retrained from my job as a labourer on a building site and converted into the much more sensible and stable occupation of song creation. In my 10 years as a professional musician, I have experienced many ups and downs. I can recall drinking whisky with KT Tunstall after a gig in Stornaway and the following night busking on middle meadow walk in the rain to raise funds for a pint of Guinness, the price of admission to sandy bells and more musical delight. I have, since becoming professional, lost a father, 2 close friends, moved house 10 times, become a father, separated from significant relationships and built beautiful new ones…..I have, in all of these encounters and experiences, had music as a dear and close companion. At this point in time she is not there in a tangible way…….

Trad music lives in our bars and our living-rooms. In a wider sense music lives in our venues and clubs. I understand we are in a temporary and necessary process. And I understand that for most 2020 is the year of disappointment. For a million different reasons. I am not suggesting musicians and artists and practitioners are suffering worse than others. AND today I cannot hep but find myself disappointed by the single mindedness of the suffocation of the arts. 

It seems curious that we can manage, in the course of a year of this pandemic to;

have cinema screenings

have pubs open

have restaurants open

open the universities (build NEW social spaces for students)

have FOOTBALL GAMES!

encourage spending to bolster the economy 

and yet….

no fiddles, no guitars, no singing, no rapping.No songs, no tunes, no notes, no words. Empty concert halls and venues. 

The government referring to musicians as unviable is like breaking a horses leg and then commenting that it isn’t capable of racing. 

My commitment to you is to keep showing up and creating and sharing content. To do my best to create connections in this time of great artistic disconnect.

Join me here if you haven’t already. It would be my honour to sing for you. 

Adam x

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